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7 Ways to Fight Cellulite (slideshow)

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7 Ways to Fight Cellulite (slideshow)

By Laurel House, Planet Green

Roughly 90 percent of all women are affected by it. The unsightly skin condition is unbiased, tackling women of all shapes and sizes- skinny, average or overweight, even supermodels (Tyra Banks most recently admitted to having it). Still, the media makes a big deal out of cellulite — causing a frenzy to try to find a cure. While treatments ranging from non-invasive laser procedures to surgery, plus a slew of chemically infused topicals, tout their smoothing ability, those of us who try to maintain a more natural and green beauty mentality feel stuck in the cold — forced to suffer with the rippled dimples. Thankfully, there are green lifestyle changes we can make to help minimize the appearance of cellulite without going under the knife or surrendering to toxic treatments. Yes, you can tackle your cellulite troubles and save money by going green!

What is cellulite?
Cellulite is not caused from fat. It’s actually an issue of weak connective tissues. When the bands of connective tissue that separate the layer of normal fat from the dermis (the middle layer of skin), free-floating fat cells can penetrate the weakened lattice and become trapped just below the surface of the skin. It’s that trapped fat that results in the dimpling of the skin that we know as cellulite.

Why do connective bands weaken?

  • Genetics
  • Age
  • Circulation
  • Hormones (which is why few men have cellulite)

Is cellulite a superficial or a serious problem?
Both actually. Cellulite may start as just a cosmetic problem. But it’s a progressive condition that worsens with age. As it worsens and the fat sacks become fuller and tougher, they can actually be quite painful when under pressure (like when you are sitting down). Thankfully, similar to other progressive medical problems, cellulite can be minimized, managed and therefore contained…more or less. However, there is no cure for cellulite. The biggest problem with cellulite treatments is that there really aren’t any great treatments. There are some good options out there, but they are temporary fixes. If you want to help minimize the appearance of cellulite and stop its proliferation, the best plan of attack is to strengthen the fibers of the connective tissues so that no more fat can permeate into the dermis, by making green lifestyle changes.

Next: How to prevent, contain, and minimize the severity of cellulite

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Megan, selected from Planet Green

Planet Green is the multi-platform media destination devoted to the environment and dedicated to helping people understand how humans impact the planet and how to live a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle. Its two robust websites, PlanetGreen.com and TreeHugger.com, offer original, inspiring, and entertaining content related to how we can evolve to live a better, brighter future. Planet Green is a division of Discovery Communications.

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10:34PM PST on Jan 9, 2014

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11:09PM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

Drinking water alone will not prevent cellulite. However, when combined with a healthy diet, healthy lifestyle and a regular amount of exercise, you will find that drinking water can contribute to reducing the issue of cellulite development.
Water can help boost the metabolism and flush out toxins in the body. These two factors will assuredly reduce the potential for building up a lot of cellulite. http://www.healthcareguru.net

10:32AM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

That's great to know Thanks

9:56AM PST on Mar 2, 2013

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5:24AM PDT on Oct 22, 2012

I'm going to start using my coffee grinds tomorrow!

6:15AM PDT on Sep 14, 2012

thks

4:45AM PDT on Sep 14, 2012

Thanks.

11:17PM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

Food helps to fight cellulite and give better results as compare to exercise, but if the person on the 3rd stage then it is not possible to stop the cellulite easily, it is a hard stage and a proper advise from the doctors should be taken. This is a problem that will not go easily, it should need a fixed diet plan with healthy foods and long-term medicine for the 3rd stage cases. For the persons who go with creams need extra attention what they are using, they should make sure use the cream that have no side effects and any harm. For a quick reference http://revitolcellulitecreamx.com/my-revitol-cellulite-cream-review/

8:07PM PDT on Aug 26, 2010

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9:28AM PDT on Mar 20, 2010

Wonderful article. Thank you Megan.

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